The steampunks responded in force. Two years later, I swear I saw more people dressed in some form of steampunk costume than plain Victorian costume. In fact, that was one of the best things about DOTS this year for me: I saw so many people in steampunk costume (and elaborate steampunk at that) that I had NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
Anyway, Dickens was a total blast this year. I only attended for the day on Saturday since I didn't want to spend money on a hotel. But it's really this amazing combination of a craft fair, Christmas festival, and wild street party. In costume. It's pretty much endlessly entertaining to just wander the streets with a beverage. From chatting with friends, to watching bits of street performers, to petting alpacas, and to laughing at drunk people dancing in the streets, there was never a lack of interesting things going on.
I didn't actually make it to any of the scheduled "events" so I can't comment on them. I missed the daytime parade by minutes and the nighttime parade was a little sad by the time it got to where my friends and I were sitting outside a bar at the very end of the route. Regardless, I had a great time at this event.
|Taken at a friend's house prior to leaving. |
You can tell by the lack of sweat.
Plus I got to wear my Victorian bustle dress again, now that I have a new corset to go under it. And look at my husband being adorably hopeful about the weather letting him wear his long coat. The temperature ended up exceeding the forecast by about 10 degrees. You would not have known it was December by the 84 degree weather...